Sunday, 10 December 2017

Whistles: The Perfect Winter Coat

Alexandra Belted Coat, Whistles

One of the best things about Winter is getting all cozy in the perfect coat. I have always been on the lookout for the perfect camel coat, but I had never found one that I loved. Anna, from the Anna Edit featured this coat on her YouTube channel and I had to give it a try for myself. 

This beauty is the Alexandra Belted Coat from Whistles. It's pricey, there is no denying that. But, I managed to bag this in the 20% off sale, making it considerably cheaper. To be honest, money spent on a coat like this becomes an investment. This is something that I hope I will be wearing for many years to come. 


Alexandra Belted Coat, Whistles

The tailoring on this coat is perfect, the price tag clearly represents the quality in this coat. I love how it can be dressed up with black jeans and boots, or dressed down with trainers and blue jeans. You could honestly be wearing the most basic outfit and this coat just takes your outfit to the next level and makes you look put together and like you've actually made an effort. When wearing this out, I've been taking off the belt (much to my Mum's dismay). But, I love that I have the option to wrap myself up in this coat on really cold days. 


Have you found your perfect Winter coat? I'd love for you to share it with me in the comments,  or find me on Instagram/Twitter.
Love, Kate xx
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Friday, 8 December 2017

Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life

Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life

I hope you're all having a fab December so far - I have already eaten all the mince pies and drank all the mulled wine - and I'm not even sorry. It's the most wonderful time of the year, as they say. So, I'm making the most of it.

You might have already seen my Gift Guide: For the Woman in Your Life which I posted last week. So, to keep things fair, I've also created this Christmas gift guide for the, usually tricky, men in your life. Back in September, I created a gift guide post for What to Buy a Dad Who Has Everything. So, this might help you if you're struggling with ideas for your Dad. In this post, I want to broaden the gift guide to other men you might have in your lives - brothers, boyfriends and uncles alike.

Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life

I find men incredibly hard to buy for. So, being single this Christmas fills me with joy, as I know I only have my Dad struggle to find a present for. With present giving, I find it really helpful to really listen to conversations for present ideas. They might drop in that their mate has got the new FIFA game and they'd really like it too, or they could be complaining about their broken/old wallet. I really love this Ted Baker one. You'd be surprised how many present ideas you can find just in conversations.

If your man is into gadgets, and you've got the budget, an Apple Watch would go down very well on Christmas morning. Also, a really decent pair of headphones would be great for any music lovers. I have heard really good things about the Beats Wireless ones. For fitness fans, you cant go wrong with a Fitbit. They have a whole host of watches, from really simple activity trackers. To ones that track your heart rate and have GPS tracking. I have the Charge 2 myself and I absolutely love it.

Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life

It wouldn't be a true Christmas gift guide if it didn't include some socks and PJs. I get that some people hate this as a gift. But actually, Christmas can be a time to buy people something they maybe wouldnt ordinarily buy for themselves. So, take socks to another level with these cashmere socks from Falke or some more expensive loungewear/PJs like these Calvin Klein joggers or the classic Adidas three stripe tracksuit bottoms.

Food and drink is always a sure-fire gift for men of any age. If you're looking to be spendy, a really good bottle of alcohol/spirit is a gift sure to impress. Make sure to find out their favourite drink and go from there. Less spendy, but still amazing, are the Gins from Edinburgh Gin. I'm not a Gin lover, but even I really liked the rhubarb and ginger one. Mixing food and drink into one is the Charbonnel et Walker whisky truffles. This would make a really luxurious treat for your loved one - also you can pinch one and have a taste too!

Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life

I said it at the beginning, but I really do think listening to conversations is the absolute best way to ensure that you are buying the best presents for your loved ones. I keep a track of them year round in the notes on my phone. Very organised, I know - but I am so thankful for it when it comes to Christmas and Birthdays. Please let me know if you have any other gift ideas.  Find me in the comments, or on Instagram and Twitter.
Love, Kate xx 

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Best Christmas Jumpers 2017

At Christmas time, there is nothing I love more than a festive jumper. The more outrageous the better to be honest! I wanted to share with some of the best Christmas jumpers that I've seen so far this year. And, let's be honest, I'll probably end up buying one or two of them too!

Mince Pies Before Guys - ASOS
Mince Pies Before Guys - ASOS 
This has to be the best one that I have seen so far this year. Yes yes yes to this. Mince pies are totally better than guys. I also love that the jumper appears to be slightly cropped - this would look so flattering paired with some high waisted jeans.

Santa...Define Good - Next
Next have got their jumper game down this year - I'd really recommend you heading over to their website to see their full collection. I love a festive jumper with a cheeky or witty statement on it. I also really like how this jumper is black, it makes it more unusual compared to Christmas jumpers. 

Jingle Belle - Joules
Now, I realise this isn't technically a jumper, but it was too cute not to feature. Joules isn't normally a website I would go to for a Christmas jumper, but they have some really festive pieces on their website. I love the play on words for the slogan too - such a sucker for a festive pun.

Dear Santa - Next
Dear Santa - Next
Again, Next killing it with the festive jumpers. This top is so gorgeous. I really love the fairy lights detailing on the body of the jumper and the arms - so cute. I also really love the colour of the jumper, I'm really into grey marl jumpers this winter.

Christmas Puddings - Marks & Spencer
Christmas Puddings - Marks & Spencer
M&S coming in strong with this one. It's more understated (kind of) than the other ones, but it is still so cute and festive. I really love the glittery puddings, they make the jumper a real statement piece. On the M&S website, they styled this with a floaty, black midi skirt which looked so nice.

Happy Christmas jumper shopping guys. Please let me know if you spot any other fab jumpers - there is always room for more! Let me know in the comments, or via Instagram/Twitter.
Love, Kate xx
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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Festive Days Out Ideas

Homemade wreath 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas'.... but seriously, isn't it? It's felt like Christmas from mid-November for me in all honesty. In December, I love nothing more than a festive day out. Wrapped up in my winter coat and a mulled wine in hand - is there really anything better?

One of my favourite things to do around Christmas time is heading out to a Christmas Market. If you're feeling rather flush, there are some beautiful markets in Europe - this is a dream of mine to go to one. A bit closer to home you will find a Christmas market in pretty much every city. My personal favourites have to be Bath, York and Nottingham.

York Christmas Market

For me, nothing says Christmas more than going to a pantomime. For years we used to go to the panto in York and it would really make me feel festive. Even if you're not taking any children with you, it's still the most fun. If that's not your bag, the film Nativity is showing as a musical in the Eventim Apollo, London. If I had a weekend free to go to this I absolutely would.

Harry Potter, Backyard Cinema - London

Staying with the London theme, there are so many festivities to be had there. From Winter Wonderland to Ice Skating at Somerset House. A few weeks ago, I attended the Backyard Cinema. It was the most festive experience, and we weren't even watching a Christmas film. Their Winter Night Garden is in Clapham Common where you enter the cinema through a wardrobe and settle down in your beanbag, with a mulled wine, ready to watch the film. It's all so magical.

What are your favourite days out at Christmas time? I'd love for you to share them with me in the comments, or find me on Instagram/Twitter.
Love, Kate xx

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Gift Guide: For the Woman in Your Life

Tanya's Christmas

It's December, tis the season and all that. The day that my Christmas tree will be going up and Christmas songs will be constantly playing in my house. The best time of year.

With all of that, it also means it's time to start thinking about presents. I find women are generally easier to but for - mostly because I just bit things that I would like. But still, it can be a difficulty to find the perfect present or not buy that special someone similar things every year. For today's post, I wanted to share some present ideas for that special woman in your life - be that your Mum, sister, friend or girlfriend, hopefully, there will be something for everyone.

Gift Guide: For the Woman in Your Life

Anthropologie is one of my favourite shops at the moment, they have some beautiful things. From homewares, books or jewellery - there is always something for everyone in that store. Their monogrammed mugs are a great gift idea. Also, all of their candles are seriously gorgeous. I really love the books in this store, I recently saw they had the Little Book of Life Hacks. It's honestly such a lovely book with gorgeous illustrations inside, and some pretty useful life tips too. You'd be hard pushed not to find something in this store to be honest.

Tanya's Christmas

I couldn't really do a gift guide without including some beauty bits, could I! No surprises here, but Kiehl's are doing some really beautiful gift sets this year. I really like the Season Treatings Body Care Gift Set. It's perfect for someone who is maybe new to the brand, and it includes the iconic Creme de Corps. Neom is another brand doing some really lovely gift sets. The Great Everyday 3 Step Programme is a really lovely set that would make a really pampering gift for someone. The set includes a Body & Hand Wash, Face, Body & Hair Oil & Home Mist. A really luxurious treat for someone. Speaking of luxury, you really can't go wrong with something from Jo Malone. The perfumes are totally stunning from there, but why not buy them something they wouldn't ordinarily treat themselves too, like a Bath Oil or a Body & Hand Wash. This would make such a luxurious treat for them.

I always find fashion bits a really tricky one when gift giving - unless you know exactly what they want or would like it can be a bit more of a guessing game, with more chance of getting it wrong. But for Christmas, PJs and socks are always the classic choice. I for one love to receive some new PJs for Christmas. If your budget stretches, why not make it more of a treat purchase and get some lovely nightwear from The White Company.

Gift Guide: For the Woman in Your Life

There we have it - gift guide done. If only shopping was that easy right?! Please let me know if you have any other gift ideas. Let me know in the comments or find me on Instagram and Twitter.
Love, Kate xx 






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